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Rough tailed Sandboa

Gongylophis conicus


this one bites like crazy. Non-venomous. Used to be poached heavily due to some Chinese medicine BS and some superstitious belief in south India.

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Hema 7 years ago

Who woul dhave thought that the teeth could get lodged!
The non venomous gopher snake is a constrictor. We are told that if it latches on to your hand or any other part,put a few drops of alcohol in it's mouth/ It will let go.But like you said the best bet is call for help.

ChimeTsetan 7 years ago

i wont venture into handling venomous snakes in casual manner. We have russells viper and saw scaled viper (equivalent to your rattle snakes). You are true regarding the variety of snake bite first aids. And i am pretty much confused myself. There are many expert comments. But i say, rush to nearest hospital for antivenin shots. :)
But about this particular snake, i think the size of their teeth is quite small and not much damage can be done on our skin as well as blood vessels unless the teeth breaks off and remains lodged inside our skin, causing infection.

Hema 7 years ago

That's where people are mistaken about rattle snakes too. They are not aware of the speed with which strikes!!
Could the bite of this snake cut thru blood vessels? I was reading about first aid for snake bites and they have different procedures for venomous bites and blood vessel bites.

ChimeTsetan 7 years ago

yup. got nipped once. got fooled by its slow motion act of moving. Strikes faster than it looks.

Hema 7 years ago

looks like you have been bitten?!

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Nov 19, 2013
Submitted on Dec 6, 2013

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